Since 2017 the Library has worked with artists in residence on creative projects on and off site. Residencies are developed in consultation with community partners to reflect evolving approaches and priorities.
Artist in Residence Program
We host an artist residency on site and other community-based residencies throughout the year. They highlight the arts, social justice and civic engagement celebrating local creative talent in inclusive ways. Each residency is unique and may include an exhibit, programs or performances. We are unable to accept unsolicited applicants for the Artist in Residence program.
About the program
2020 - 2023 Artists Program
If you could sum 2020 up with a dance what would it be? Five dazzling performers and dancers give a reply to “the question of the year” at the water’s edge on Pier 62. Ceremony, ritual, and movement with all its sacredness provide testament to being present to the changing times.Reflections
Past Artists in Residence
Seattle artist Romson Bustillo was our 2019 Artist in Residence. His project “Proximity Modifier Project IV” used images and printmaking to explore how individuals, communities and organizations like libraries share space together.Romson Bustillo
In connection with our year-long series about criminal justice in 2017, we collaborated with Creative Justice, an arts-based alternative to incarceration for young people in King County. We co-presented artwork by their Youth Leadership Board in an exhibit called “Someday We’ll All be Free.”Criminal Justice